Good afternoon ladies and gents!
Today’s post is about an item I collect and adore, lady head vases. I started collecting these years ago and my mother often adds ladies to the growing collection. I love lady head vases because they’re beautiful, fashionable, glamourous and also have a practical use.
What is a Lady Head Vase?
A lady head vase is just as the term describes: a ceramic floral vase shaped into the head of a lady. Lady head vases were introduced in the 1940s and were very popular up to the 1970s. These vases depict glamourous ladies with stylish hats, pearl necklaces, earrings, brooches and lush lashes. In the 1960s, teen age girl head vases were introduced. Celebrity head vases were also created in the likeness of Lucille Ball, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and others.
To me, lady head vases often appear to have a haughty look and I love them for it! The lady head vases in my collection span from the 1940s to 60s. I particularly love models from the 40s and 50s and am always on the lookout for a new lady. I would love to find a rare Lucille Ball lady head vase for my mom. I’m keeping my eye out for that!
Collecting Lady Head Vases
Collecting lady head vases is a lot of fun. You never know what kind of a lady you’re going to come across at a flea market or yard sale. It’s always a thrill!
Lady head vases are highly collectible and because of that the prices keep going up. Prices for lady head vases range from $20 to in the thousands depending on the piece itself, its condition and rarity. The celebrity head vases mentioned previously usually fetch a higher price.
Where to Buy
If you’re looking to start a lady head vase collection you can often find them at yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops. I would be wary of purchasing them online as there are a lot of reproductions in the market. Companies are producing vintage looking lady head vases and passing them off as originals from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Beware!
Lady Head Vase Manufacturers
Several companies produced lady head vases in the 40s to 70s. Here are some company names that can help you identify your vase: US manufacturers – Betty Lou Nichols and Henry Holt and Japan manufacturers – Napco, Inarco, Lefton, Enesco, Relpo and Reubens.
Websites dedicated to lady head vases:
- Ladies Head Vases
- One Stop Head Vase Shop
- Chrissy’s Head Vase Haven
- How to Identify Lady Head Vases
- Collecting Lady Head Vases